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It dawned on me a just few weeks ago. I was suffering with a malady that I’ve watched others encounter many times.
Rest assured, though, this illness didn’t require a doctor’s care. No special pills, ointments, x-rays, or herbal remedies was going to fix this.
What it did require, though, was a little help from my friends.
“What in the world are you talking about?,” you may ask.
Although embarrassing to admit ~ I was struck with Analysis Paralysis.
Have you heard of it?
By definition,it is:
the state of over-analyzing (or over-thinking) a situation so that a decision or action is never taken, in effect paralyzing the outcome.
As a home decor blogger, I feel it’s my job to show my readers “quick and easy” ways to create a beautiful home.
The push to have superstar projects and rooms can be overwhelming at times. I want to come up with creative & practical solutions that I can practice and teach.
I wanted to get a head start on a room makeover in my own house to coincide with the One Room Challenge that starts later this week. It should have been a fun process, but whenever I thought about it, I couldn’t make one decision!
As I pondered what my problem was, it finally dawned on me.
I was scared.
Almost all of my former homes were of the “fixer upper” variety to one extreme or another. Honestly, they were a hot. mess.
Living in homes like that made me much less fearful to start a project. After all, nothing could be worse than what was already there.
Now, I live in a place that’s already pretty.
It has insulated walls with nice drywall on them. The floors are covered with lovely laminate, carpet, and linoleum. The cupboard doors close nicely and the shower isn’t falling off the wall.
My analysis paralysis was brought on by the fear of messing something up or making a wrong purchase!
Have you ever felt the same way?
Lest you assume we home decor bloggers have it all together at all times, rest assured, this one doesn’t!;)
Although I absolutely love doing room makeovers and making order out of chaos, I like to have a plan before I start.
This time I needed some help with a plan.
I wrote down every decision I was struggling with.
Then I went to my friends.
Those “friends” are all bloggers whose sites I’ve linked to in the pictures in this post. (Click on their names to go to their amazingly beautiful sites.)
Although I don’t know them personally, they are fellow bloggers who inspire me with their creative projects and cozy homes.
I studied their pictures & searched their sites for specific information on the areas I was having trouble with.
I watched their Instastories, Facebook lives, and even e-mailed some of them.
It was a bit awkward at first, as I’ve viewed them as my “heros” ~ both in the blogging & decor world.
But, do you know what I found? Their kindness, creativity, and words encouraged me.
They gave me courage to get going.
I’m still working on a plan, but at least I’m not completely stuck and paralyzed anymore.
So, today, can I give you a word of encouragement? Don’t let fear stop you from starting. It’s ok that you don’t have the whole thing figured out immediately. Take it one decision at a time.
And don’t be afraid to go to some friends for help. You’ll be glad you did.
PS. I’d love to know what decision is holding you back from working on a space in your home. Is it the budget? Choosing the room? The paint colors? Wondering which couch is the right dimensions for your room? What wallpaper to choose?
If I know what your questions are, I just might have the perfect resource to help. I have some experience in that department. After all, I’m looking for it myself!;)
Comment your answers below, or feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let’s figure it out together!:)